Have you ever wrestled with anxiety, fear, restlessness?
I would say that in many cases, the battle is so concentrated in our minds.
Some of my earliest memories as a child include that horrible feeling of fear and anxiety over nothing in particular. The “impending sense of doom” was something I became very acquainted with early in my life. I would have night terrors, panic attacks, hysterical crying fits… the enemy was having a field day in my young mind.
Fear is nothing new. It entered our world the moment Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. They became aware of their nakedness and promptly hid from God! They were overcome with shame and fear.
King David describes intense fear, anxiety, and despair of life, even, in the Psalms.
“My heart is severely pained within me,And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.” Psalm 55:4-5 (NKJV)
We have all been afraid at some point in our lives. Some fears fade away as we grow, like being afraid of the monster under the bed, but others stick around.
These fears and anxieties can range from slight discomfort to a full-on panic attack, from a fleeting worry to obsessive thoughts that consume our minds. New fears may come as we grow as well.
“What if I never get married?”
“What if I marry the wrong person?”
“What if my child dies?”
“What if I lose my job?”
The list really could be endless. You can fill in your own catalog of worries and cares.
But, beloved, there is GOOD news.
Many times I prayed for the Lord to deliver me from my fears, to cause them to lose their power over me. I would get extremely frustrated when the same thoughts kept creeping back into my psyche. I felt powerless, and worse, hopeless.
One day I felt led to write down scriptures pertaining to the mind and thought life.
I studied those scriptures and finally believed that they applied to me too. That day I began to use the weapon that God has already given me—given you—His Word.
It is sharper than a two-edged sword and POWERFUL. It is ours to cling to and believe!
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
Bringing every thought into captivity.
Every fearful thought, worrisome thought, anxious thought, rebellious thought, all of it.
We don’t have to sit powerless against the attacks of the enemy any longer. We have a mighty weapon in our hands. Some days we may feel too bombarded or too weak to put up a fight, but the Holy Spirit is our Helper and our Comforter. We are so frail, but Christ in us is mighty.
I encourage you, dear friends in Christ—know when the enemy is in your ear. He is loud and chaotic and causes unrest in our souls. The voice of the Lord is still and gentle in the midst of the storm.
I can’t promise that tests won’t come, and fears won’t come, and confusion won’t come, but we have hope that is not from this world.
Fix your eyes and your minds on the Prince of Peace.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)